St. Charles County GOP Chair Says Caucus Letter ‘Actually Drafted by Santorum’s Campaign Team’

A few days after the 2012 St. Charles County Republican Presidential Caucus ended badly, a member of the St. Charles County GOP Central Committee shared with me the content of an email message that was sent to members by Chair Eugene Dokes early Wednesday morning.  Attached to the message, the subject of which was “Re:  A second Caucus or…,” was a letter that Dokes explained “was actually drafted by Santorum’s campaign team.”

Addressed to Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole, Vice Chairman Susie Eckelkamp and Executive Director Lloyd Smith, the letter featured blanks prepared for the signatures of Dokes and County GOP Central Committee Vice Chair Penny Henke, the two top-ranking officials on the GOP central committee.

The content of the letter (download PDF), dated March 22, 2012, appears below with only minor format modifications:

Dear GOP Leaders:

          On behalf of the St. Charles County GOP Central Committee (“Central Committee”), we submit this letter to you informing you that the Central Committee has voted not to conduct another caucus for the purpose of selecting delegates to the Missouri state GOP convention.  We have made this decision due to our concerns regarding the safety and security of attendees and because we do not believe it is fair to those who attended last Saturday’s caucus in good faith.  In 2008,  our St. Charles County delegation was decertified at the district convention and we had no voice in the selection of our party’s candidate.  Again this year, certain forces colluded to disrupt our county caucuses, threatened those in attendance and succeeded in forcing an abrupt end to the proceedings before delegates could be allocated or elected.

          We believe that it wholly unnecessary and grossly unfair to those who did not disrupt the proceedings to conduct another caucus.  We offer two options for allocating the delegates that would have been chosen at last Saturday’s caucus:

          1.  Allocate the delegates based on the congressional district results of the 2012 Missouri presidential preference primary, or

          2.  Allocate the delegates based on the preferences of those who signed in at the caucus meeting on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

          Either formula will award delegates proportionally based on the preferences either of all primary voters or of those who actually attended the caucus meeting.

          There is no need for another attempt at a caucus and we oppose any effort to force such an event.

          We believe that the delegates can be allocated fairly based on publicly available information and that once awarded, the delegates should be selected by the respective candidates from those who signed in as attending the caucus meeting last Saturday.

          It is completely inappropriate to reward the disruptive forces for their misbehavior.  We believe the recommend approach is far better and we urge the state party to direct us as to which of the above options it approves for the allocation of delegates from this district.

          Please contact the undersigned if you have any questions.  It is not our intent to conduct a new caucus and we urge you to discard that as an option.  Thank you.


          St. Charles County Central Committee

          Eugene Dokes , Chairman

          Penny Henke, Vice-Chairman

In the same paragraph of that message in which Dokes revealed the general identity of the author of the letter, Dokes wrote, “I didn’t say that before because I wanted the content of the letter to be the focus not- where it came from.”  In saying “before,” he was referring to several email messages exchanged Wednesday between central committee members.

It was in one of those messages (below) that Dokes appeared to answer the question of whether or not he and Central Committee Vice Chair Penny Henke will sign that letter:

I want to share a letter that was drafted today by someone and passed to me and Penny to sign. Penny, myself and Bryan will be meeting with David Cole Thursday to discuss all of the details of our recent caucus. We will also discuss what to do next. One person who thinks its best not to do a caucus has prepared this for Penny and I to sign and I want to get your opinion on it. Personally, I agree with the letter but I want to get all of your thoughts on it.


UPDATE 3/22/12 at 5:48 p.m. Central: Preliminary indications are that another caucus will be held, according to this article.

UPDATE 3/23/12:  Check out my latest update published today under the headline, Source, Phone Message Revealed in St. Charles County Republican Central Committee Scandal.

UPDATE 3/23/12 Almost Noon Central: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch just reported that a new caucus will be held April 10 at 7 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center and that recording devices will be allowed.

UPDATE 4/11/12 at 7:28 a.m. Central: Ron Paul wins do-over St. Charles County caucus.

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59 thoughts on “St. Charles County GOP Chair Says Caucus Letter ‘Actually Drafted by Santorum’s Campaign Team’

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  2. Does Eugene think he was a protege and a puppet???? Clearly you don’t except any campaign solicitations from any camp. Your comments are more insulting to Eugene then anyone else. If you are attacking the messenger rather than dealing with the facts. How Mr. Dokes has dealt with the Caucus situation speaks for itself. Are you saying Eugene acted properly and ethically?? I don’t believe he did based on what has come down the pike. If you are defending him, how can I believe what you say about Mrs. Pedersen is true. It appears you haven’t watched any video’s or read any of the news coverage of the caucus that shows quite a different story.

  3. Sunny, let me answer your questions one at a time. 1) Eugene is well aware that Brandy “drafted” him into the committee. There is nothing unethical about suggesting a friend join the committee and attempting to teach them. I never said their was. As to being a puppet, I believe I was clear that Eugene refused to be a puppet. That was Ms. Pedersen’s problem with him.

    2) Anyone, whether they are involved in a campaign or not, is welcome to send their suggestions on how to handle the situation to the central committee. The committee is welcome to consider those suggestions, realizing, of course, that there may be bias, and accepting or rejecting the suggestions based on their individual merit.

    3) Eugene was far too inexperienced to be the committee chair, and Brandy knew it. Part of being committee chair is running the caucus. I am not saying Mr. Dokes acted in accordance with the rules at all – what I am saying is that he was too inexperienced and unfamiliar with Robert’s Rules to run a caucus. Incompetence does not equal fraud. The reason the Committee had an inexperienced chair was the direct result of the interference of Ms. Pedersen with the committee election process.

    4) I was present at the caucus. I was also present behind the scenes after the caucus and asked many questions of the organizers. I have also been present in ALL committee email conversations and committee meetings. Furthermore, I have watched numerous videos and read many stories. Most, if not all of them have reported the story incorrectly or at least incompletely.

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  5. I don’t care what emails have been passed. Dokes obviously committed vote fraud it is all on numerous videos. What more proof do you need.

    I think he should be charged and if he wants to bring the Santorum campaign in with the conspiracy because he feels it is the right and moral thing to do then have him start naming names.

    I think there is enough evidence that would warrant a criminal investigation. And I think on a federal level but that is just me.

  6. in 2006 santorum was voted the top 20 most corrupt politicians

    does this really surprise anybody?

  7. I have understood that no one else came forward to run for the Chair on the committee?? Yes or N0??? The answer is no one else came forward to run so everyone voted for Dokes. . YOU INCLUDED! How is that Brandy’s fault?? Shoot the messenger. He was not forced to do these things, no one put a gun to his head for pete’s sake. I also understand there is another Scandal that has not come out yet the one where Dokes stopped the public from introductions on the Central Committee to stop any questionable information coming about a certain candidate who was running for office. Did you approve of those tactics?????? Did you????

    Wasn’t it Brandy Pedersen that objected to that, too! Let’s fast forward to the Caucus and the no camera or video saga. That went really well didn’t it. I think you sat silent on that little scandal too because she was the only one that objected!!!!! Where were you in that little scandal. Oh, I know, still protecting Dokes and the gang.

    If you are a committee member as you say. No one spoke up, they sat like SHEEP! You don’t have anything negative about Dokes. I guess you also are taking the direction of Brian Spencer by saying let’s defend Dokes. You are doing this by trying to attack Brandy Pedersen.

    Keep defending Dokes and go down with the ship!!!!

    1. Why was Dokes and Henke’s name on the letter????? It was already drafted and ready to go.

    2. Why did Dokes present it to the Committee as SOMEONE sent him to sign?

    3. If there was nothing to hide why didn’t he just say, the Santorum Campaign Team had this all drawn up and gave it to him?

    4. Why, only when he was pressed, did he admit who the letter came from?

    5. You have not answered the question, do you think what Dokes has done is right??

    6. Do you think Dokes has acted honestly in all his dealings?

    7. Do you think Dokes was acting honestly with the voice message that he left?

  8. Ugh, hearing stories about this outrageous corruption is starting to really piss me off. Wake up GOP empty suit sheeple-leaders, Ron Paul folks are the future of the GOP. Continue your BS games, and they will all leave the party dead in the water. Paulers are the only ones breathing life into a dead, corrupt dog. I find it hilarious that the establishment types like to brag that they are God-fearing liberty folks with upstanding moral character. What a joke. I have never seen anything less Christ-like than people like Dokes, Charlie Webster, and their ilk. I hope the Paulers keep up their good work and bring the GOP back to its principles. We mean business and we mean to nominate the only candidate with any moral fiber. Good luck Dictator Dokes, on being elected to any office again. Time to clean the slime from power. I would suggest acquiring some character before you attempt to run a public event again.

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